Does the NYPD guard churches during Lent or Advent? Doubtful. Jewish synagogues during Passover or Yom Kippur? Perhaps, but certainly not with anywhere near the show of force it will apparently display around mosques during Ramadan. From the New York Daily News:
The NYPD Tuesday announced heightened security for the city's mosques during the upcoming Islamic holy observance of Ramadan.
Local precincts will dispatch more officers on foot patrol and in squad cars to patrol the areas surrounding the mosques during the month-long religious observance that begins on Monday.
"Collaboration with the public is a vital ingredient in our efforts to keep the city safe," said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly during the NYPD's annual pre-Ramadan conference with 250 Muslim community leaders.
Cops will also be briefed on the religious guidelines specific to Ramadan in anticipation of the observances, Kelly said.
Robert Spencer has a rebuttal to this piece at his Jihad Watch website that bears reprinting. Here's a snippet:
...when you see a headline like "NYPD beefs up security for Ramadan," you would think that the New York cops are on alert against terror attacks coming during the month in which Muslims redouble their efforts to serve Allah -- right? Wrong -- they're beefing up their protection of the mosques themselves, which are apparently under threat from venomous Islamophobes.
Any vigilante attack against any mosque in the U.S. is wrong and stupid, and to be condemned. But this is just another indication of how CAIR's hate crimes propaganda, trumped-up as it is, rules the day: the mosques are well-protected, but what about the potential victims of the jihadists who may be inside them?
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